The Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office (OPSO) Medical Department is staffed 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. The department maintains a full nursing staff, with daily service to 6 clinics, specialty psychiatric and medical units, as well as the Intake & Processing Center (IPC). The psychiatric and medical units are staffed 24 hours a day, as is the IPC. Board-certified physicians are on site 7 days and nights a week.
Upon presentation, every patient receives a thorough medical Intake Screening, performed by a nurse. Medical problems, medications, infectious disease and psychiatric histories are taken. Physicians initiate treatment on day one, and provide follow-up throughout incarceration. Subsequent access to care can be requested by submitting a Sick Call request. Nurses visit every housing tier, every day, where Sick Call requests are gathered, patients triaged, and prescribed medications administered.
Primary medical, dental, and psychiatric care is provided on-site, as is HIV and TB care, while full-spectrum specialty care is provided at the LSU Health Sciences Center (Charity Hospital, and its satellites). Here, patients attend outpatient clinics, receive specialty radiological and surgical services, and are occasionally hospitalized. Routine laboratory and radiology services are available at the jail, and teams of ancillary professionals perform TB testing, STD/HIV testing, and health education.
Routine medical care, accessed through the Sick Call system, requires nominal co-pay. Requests for physician, dentist, or psychiatrist appointments cost $ 3.00, and prescription medications $ 2.00. Inability to pay never prevents access to medical care or medication. Follow-ups and refills are no charge.
For questions regarding the Medical Department, or individual patients, contact the Medical Inmate Advocate at:
504-822-8000 ext 4134